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Brazilian gymnast trains amid children and cats (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
Brazil's only male Olympic-bound gymnast shares his training facilities with cats and children and has just recovered from a bout of dengue fever. More...
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Diego Hypolito not an actor: [quote] Diego Hypolito, double world champion in the men's floor exercise, hopes to win his country's first Olympic gymnastics gold and prefers his down-to-earth gym to the trappings of a celebrity lifestyle. "I'm not an actor, I'm an athlete and the big problem with the Brazilian people is that they want to turn athletes into actors," he told Reuters in an interview. "I don't need to go to parties to get noticed. The results make my good image." "I have to make the most of the fact that I'm at my peak and not lose my focus." Hypolito, 21, has already made his mark. In 2005, he became the first Brazilian male gymnast to win a world title when he won the men's floor exercise at the world championships in Melbourne. [/quote] The Hypolito on floor: [quote] Hypolito said he was unlikely to perform his trademark double twist carped with pirouette, which has been baptized the Hypolito move, in Beijing "It's very risky," he said. "Even though it has my name, it's a very difficult exercise, a very technical exercise, which demands a lot of me." Despite the hard work, Hypolito said he intended to continue competing until the 2020 Games. "Only time will tell how my head and my body will respond. I want to take part in this and another three Olympics." [/quote] Diego Hypolito (Brazil) Floor "Hypolito" 2006 Artistic Gymnastics World Cup Final (Floor) Arabian double front stretched with 1/1 turn (Hypolito) = F value [youtube]UdJSJNuHsoc[/youtube]
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